A Guide to Local Warming Centers Open During the Polar Vortex
It’s supposed to be -2 degrees, but with the unrelenting wind, the real feel in Columbus on Wednesday, Jan. 30 is -34 degrees. In response, resource centers, churches and temples have opened their doors to those in need of shelter from the cold. Many are providing a warm meal as well. Those in need, or those looking to drop off donations, can go to the following places:
Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center — 342 N. Hague Ave.
Jordan’s Crossing has opened an impromptu warming center for the next four days. They are providing hot food, blankets and clothing. They are also seeking donations of these items. Anyone in need can go to Jordan’s Crossing or call the center at 567-219-3005 to be picked up.
The Open Shelter — 61 E. Mound St., 2nd Floor
The shelter posted on Facebook that it would be operating as usual on Wednesday. It has canceled church service at 12 p.m. to provide a hot lunch in the fellowship hall for those in need.
Rehoboth Temple Church — 1111 E. Long St.
The Rehoboth Temple Church is opening its lower-level fellowship hall to the public as an emergency warming center, serving the King Lincoln District during the severe cold on Wednesday. They’ll be open from 4 p.m. on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Church and Community Development for All People — 946 Parsons Ave.
CCD4AP will open its doors at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and people are permitted to stay until 7 a.m. There will be board games, movies, and hot coffee. They’re also asking for donations of food.
Barnett Community Center — 1184 Barnett Rd.
This center is open for extended hours on Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to a press release from Mayor Andrew Ginther. It’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Other community centers open for those extended hours include: Beatty Community Center, 247 N. Ohio Ave.; Marion Franklin Community Center, 2801 Lockburne Rd.; Westgate Community Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave.; Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St.
Listed here are those who’ve adjusted hours or posted specific accommodations. A full list of warming stations operating from November 2018 to March 2019 can be viewed here. Let us know if we missed any.